It’s time to plan for spring cleaning and making summer travel plans for your family and your pets. When you make your travel plans, don’t forget how important it is to have health insurance for your pet. We get health checkups, enroll kids in summer programs, make vacation plans, but, it is easy to neglect our furry family members…our pets. Health checkups are mandatory prior for international pet travel and just make common sense whether you are traveling or not.
Did you know that, every six seconds, a pet owner is faced with a veterinarian bill of over $1000? The cost of veterinarian care has sky rocketed in the past several years, and costs now rival those of human care. Consider this:
● Pet owners spent over $12 billion on veterinary care in 2009. [America Pet Products Association 2009-2010 National Pet Owner’s Survey]
● Serious illnesses or injuries can easily rack up bills over $10,000.
● Pet insurance has been available in the US for about 30 years, but, only about 3% of dog owners and 1% of cat owners have it.
● Our friends in the United Kingdom provide protection for their pets at rates over 50% for dog owners and over 30% for cat owners.
For around $2 per day, one can easily mitigate these high costs and limit the out-of-pocket expenses associated with medical treatment for our pets. With the relatively low cost of a health care policy, it is affordable for most and could prove to save a great deal of money as well as provide peace of mind for pet owners.
While we are putting our house in order for spring and summer, it would be a good time to consider insurance for your wellbeing and your pet’s as well. Get more information on health insurance for your pet.